Better Housing News Flashes (No. 7)
No synopsis in Educational Film Guide.
Housing mortgages houses and homes building industry construction Depression (1930s, United States)
Subject: Modest building
Subject: FHA 1935
In the large city where I grew up, there were big gaps in housing starts. Large areas were subdivided in the 1920's but they sat vacant til the mid 1930's. Then a small amount of building occurred right up to WWII; and then, after a 7 year moratorium, the big furious build up after 1948 or so.
Those 1930's houses were awful nice though - much like the ones seen here. Lots of nice architecture and custom details which would not be seen again in most new homes until the 1980's. I guess the old artisans were still around and there were so many laid off architects, builders could skim the cream. It sure paid off to have had your money in a bank that didnt fail during the depression!
An interesting and delightful visit to an era when tasteful housing was being marketed - apparently on a (relatively) large scale - a scenario not to be repeated for many decades.
Subject: Past is Prologue : FHA's 75th Anniversary June 27, 2009
I have ALSO posted a video of the first FHA home loan in Oregon,(Astoria, 1935) HERE:
If anyone had told me that we would be facing in 2009 the same kinds of depression era declines in housing activity and hoped for recovery that this film highlights, I would have thought they were crazy.
With the demise of so many other home loan programs, FHA remains as one of the few remaining loan programs that continues to operate. I only hope that FHA has implemented enough safeguards to insure that the program remains viable 75 (or 5) years from now.
Oregon Housing Blog
Subject: Better Housing and FHA 70th Anniversary June 2004
Thankfully, there have been a lot of changes in the country since the time these shorts were shot (FHA is now a leader nationally in providing loans to minority first time homebuyers) but the desire for homeownership remains at least as strong amongst new generations of Americans as it was when these shorts were shot.
Mega credit to Rick Prelinger for these and many other materials in the archive. (I have an earlier Laser Disc with some of these materials that Rick produced and rediscovering these and other archival material on line has been a real treat).
From Tom Cusack [These are my personal comments made from home over the Memorial Day weekend, but as a matter of full disclosure I have worked for HUD for 31 years, and now serve as HUD Director [parent agency for FHA home loan programs]in Oregon]
Subject: Idle Hands Put To Work
Subject: Better Housing News Flashes
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: **. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.
Subject: Need a house?
Part 2 is signifigantly more interesting, We follow a recently married couple as they look in on a model home. They're all marvelling over the nice fixtures and furniture (maybe I'm wrong, but was the furniture included in the house price in those days? Because the couple seemed to fall in love with the furniture). They quickly look at the nursery "but that's not needed..... YET". lol. Soon they leave. it's too bad they can't afford it, the narrator says, ah but wait, the house costs 4800 dollars, with 960 dollars down and 27.62 a month mortgage! WOW.